Update: Variety seems to have confirmed that she will indeed be playing April O’Neil.
It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about Michael Bay’s upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, which was delayed last year in order to accommodate major changes to the script. Fans have been up in arms ever since Michael Bay revealed that he was re-imagining the TMNT origin story and potentially changing the Turtles themselves to be aliens instead of mutants. In the past half a year or so, even more criticism has come out about the movie’s original script, including some harsh words from Peter Laird himself. Although news of a rewrite could be taken as a good sign, I think we all know that with Michael Bay in charge, there is always plenty of potential for disaster. Now this week he has given fans something else to complain about: the first person to officially join the cast is none other than Megan Fox. Could she be playing April O’Neil?
The news comes from Michael Bay himself, who simply offered the following tidbit via his blog:
“TMNT: we are bringing Megan Fox back into the family!”
Obviously this is a bit of a surprise considering that the two had a falling out after Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, leading Michael Bay to replace her with former Victoria’s Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Fox’s career has been on a bit of a decline without Bay’s blockbusters to support her, having only appeared in Friends with Kids and This is 40 over the past two years.
Still, I suppose the bigger question here is what role she will play in the film. While Bay did not offer any additional information, April O’Neil seems to be a safe assumption since there really aren’t many other major female characters to choose from. I suppose it’s always possible that they have created a brand new role specifically for this movie. Can you see Megan Fox as April O’Neil? Is there any chance that Michael Bay and Jonathan Liebesman will actually deliver a kick-ass TMNT movie?